Anchorage — A junior college All-American is joining the UAA women's basketball team.
Adriana Dent, a 5-foot-8 guard, captured tournament MVP honors while leading the College of Southern Idaho to a region championship this year as a sophomore.
Dent brings statistics (7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.3 steals per game) and a defensive reputation that suggests she could fill the UAA back-court hole left by the departure of senior point guard Sasha King.
"It's easy to see the impressive offensive numbers and the fact that she's an All-American," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a press release, "but that does not do justice to the defensive effort that she brings to the court.
"Her former coaches describe her as tenacious, and I think Seawolf fans will really enjoy watching her the next two years."
Dent was named MVP of the Region 18 tournament, delivering 16 points and four assist in a title game win over North Idaho. She racked up 19 points and 16 rebounds in her team's national tournament loss to a Florida junior college, Chipola.
Dent, who is from Canyon Country, Calif., has two years of eligibility.
She's the third recruit to sign with UAA, joining Wasilla star Alysha Devine, a 6-foot forward, and Mid-Pacific Institute's Kiki Robertson, a 5-5 guard.
The Seawolves had three seniors -- guards King and Jordan Martin and forward Alysa Horn -- on this season's 17-10 team.